In the afternoon of Saturday 6th January, 2024 the cruise liner MSC SINFONIA snapped her moorings due to a sudden whirlwind and finished ahead crashing into other boats moored at the Marina and one of the docks of the Foro Italico .
The 2002 built 275 meter long liner was without passengers since she was on a maintenance call since last year (shifting to Augusta for few days/hours and then back again). Immediately tugboats were called to salvage operation and secure her again to the moorings in a different and more sheltered position.
The 1996 built tug PUNTA MAGNISI was one of the tugs which was alongside the liner ready to pull her from the damaged marina at 1315 hrs
Below image is of PUNTA MAGNISI (wearing her former company livery) entering Pozzallo, Sicily back to April 2015.
The 2007 built tug DURO was called from Santa Panagia to assist in the salvage operation
Below image is of DURO leaving Augusta, Sicily back to January 2020
The 2004 built tug TORRE AVOLOS was called from Santa Panagia to assist in the salvage operation
Below image is of TORRE AVOLOS (wearing her former company livery) entering Catania, Sicily back to June 2017.
The 2017 built tug SANTA PANAGIA was one of the first tugs to assist in the salvage operation
Below image is of SANTA PANAGIA (360′ nut wheelhouse) at Augusta, Sicily back to January 2020
And at the time of writing tugs are still engaged with the liner –